It’s that time of year ladies, as I round up my favourite moments from the fashion blitz that hit London this week. It seems that it was only last month that I recalling the AW13 highlights, but this time round, designers have done it bigger – and better. From pretty pastels and sultry sheer panels, the last week has been awash with fabulous ideas for our wardrobe, and as ever, my hosiery sixth sense has come into play!
First things first, it appears that socks of all shapes and sizes are on the agenda come spring next year. From mismatched to knee high, I’ve spotted quite a few designers embracing the must have accessory. Leading the way when it comes to all things quirky, thrice winner of the BFC New Generation award
ASHISH experimented with odd socks. Yes, you read that right, odd socks! With all patterns and shades welcome, it appears that the charming laundry accident is set to become fashionable. For the adventurous out there that are willing to try it, I recommend stocking up on the Monique Socks from Trasparenze. Super lightweight and ankle length, the colourful socks have a purse friendly price tag that will forgive the need to buy two pairs at a time. On the other end of the spectrum, pattern enthusiasts Orla Kiely have gone back to basics, letting knee highs add a quintessentially British touch to their SS14 collection. Straw coloured for a neutral look, the Falke Soft Merino Wool Knee Highs in ‘Linen’ are a must if you want to recreate the look sooner than later.
My personal highlight of LFW has to be Burberry Prossum. A delicate combination of floaty fabrics and macaroon pastels, I’m pre-empting a tidal wave of baby pinks and lilacs for next spring. To get one step ahead of crowd, invest in an array of pastel tinted legwear now. From Jonathan Aston, the Sheer Coloured Tights in Mint and Fuchsia are perfect, whilst the 50 Denier Tights from Pamela Mann in Lavender are a must. And when it comes to pastel hued hosiery on the catwalks, I’ve spotted my fair share of off-white ankle socks making their appearance. For a high quality pair that will last all year round (and not just for SS14!), treat feet to the Falke Family All Round Socks.
Taking care of our evenings, the likes of Mark Fast and Simone Rocha have made sure that black is firmly back on our colour wheel. By incorporating sheerer panels and faint patterns, both designers have set the standard high when it comes to getting dressed for that night out. To work a little of this sheer magic into your wardrobes now, invest in a good pair of sheer tights.
Simple but sound advice as a great quality black sheers will stand the test of time, going with just about anything and everything. To start with, a ladder resistant pair is always best, making sure that no matter how hectic your schedule is, you’ll never have to worry about a pesky run. A favourite of mine, the Aristoc Ultimate 5D Sheer Tights come prepared with revolutionary ladder resist LYCRA® Fusion fibres to guarantee that a small snag will never develop into anything more. For a winter-friendly alternative, try going up in denier to the Aristoc Ultimate Satin 20 Tights. With a 20 denier appearance and a shiny finish, these will go beautifully underneath that LBD or shift dress. For a shorter but just as sheer version, team the Levante Class Knee Highs with strappy shoes and platforms. Admittedly not my cup of tea, I’ve been assured that come spring, we’ll all be wearing them…
I can only wonder what trends and colours AW14 catwalks will bring with them!